The Holidays can be like a mine-field for people with food-allergies or special needs. Parents of these wonderful people will tell you that avoiding the sugary treats and food dyes can be a full time job.
Even a once-in-a-while treat can be bad for these folks. Gluten, peanuts, chocolate, dyes and preservatives – these things can not only make food-sensitive systems go haywire, they can cause all kinds of problems for kids on the Autism and ADD/ADHD spectrum.
American culture is not likely to give up its love of sweet treats any time soon, so supporting those with food-allergies and other sensitivities means providing other options. The Teal Pumpkin Project is one way to do that. When Halloween rolls around and Trick-or-Treaters come knocking, displaying a teal pumpkin means non-food, allergy-friendly toys and treasures await.
Greene County General Hospital is a proud supporter of the Teal Pumpkin Project and will have non-food treats for Trick-or-Treaters on October 28 and 31 from 6-9 PM, during the City of Linton’s scheduled hours. There will be a self-serve station inside the ER/registration lobby, and everyone is welcome to visit and choose a little something from the goodies on display.
Learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project by visiting Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). There are tons of resources and great ideas to make your Halloween safe and fun for all.